Woman identified in possible Tahoe City murder-suicide | SierraSun.com

Woman identified in possible Tahoe City murder-suicide

TAHOE CITY ” Julie Ann Lacke, 41, of Tahoe City, was identified as the victim of what Placer County Sheriff’s investigators are describing as an apparent homicide in what they believe to be a murder-suicide that occurred over the weekend in Tahoe City.

The exact cause of Lacke’s death is still pending toxicology reports, but blunt force trauma was found on her face, head and chest, along with internal bleeding, according to the latest sheriff’s press release.

“It appears that this is an example of domestic violence in its extreme form,” stated Lt. John Addoms.

Placer County sheriff’s deputies responded with North Tahoe Fire Protection District to a vehicle fire on Bunker Drive near the Tahoe City Golf Course on Saturday at approximately 9 a.m. After firefighters extinguished the car fire, deputies found human remains in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

After interviewing witnesses, deputies drove to the home of the car’s registered owner, less than a mile from the vehicle fire, and found Lacke dead in the house.

Though the investigation is ongoing and facts are continuing to unfold, investigators said they believe the woman was murdered by her boyfriend and then he committed suicide by using gasoline to set his vehicle on fire while sitting in the vehicle, according to Placer County Sheriff Edward Bonner. Results from a DNA analysis to identify the remains found in the burning car will take several weeks.

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